Practicum

 

  • IMPORTANT SCHEDULING CHANGES TO PRACTICUM

    THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ADOPTS COHORT MODEL

    The Department of Human Services is beginning to move its academic program to a cohort model. The cohort model progresses students as a group through core courses and practica and is widely used to improve student success through increased continuity of instruction. Updates are being made to practicum scheduling for the 2020/2021 academic year that will affect all AAS  students and some BHS students.

    PRACTICUM CHANGES

    • HUMS A295A - Practicum I will be offered only during fall semesters, and
    • HUMS A295B - Practicum II will be offered only in the spring semesters.

    HOW TO PREPARE

    Students needing to complete Practicum I should reach out to the Practicum Coordinator, Seta Kabranian, to begin planning. Students needing to complete Practicum II should speak with their HUMS advisor or the Practicum Coordinator to develop their advisement plan.

  • PLACEMENTS DURING COVID-19 

    Modifications to practicum requirements are being made by faculty, adjuncts, field instructors, and students, to ensure successful completion of the course. The Department is currently in communication with Practicum Field Instructors to adopt a plan for students to implement the remaining practicum hours in a safe environment, and developing strategies on future Practicum placements. Due to the unpredictable situation created by the spread of COVID-19, the Practicum placement process for the Fall semester will be slower than usual. Once the community agencies reopen and placement procedure resumes, the practicum instructor will contact each student who has applied for practicum and had interviews with the instructor.


Human services practice requires multicultural understanding and respect of clients through a collaborative relationship founded upon a developmental model. Specific skill courses are combined with practicum and strengthened through conceptual coursework in human services. Practicum placements provide students agency-based learning experiences directly related to the human services profession. Entrance into the human services practicum requires admission to the degree, successful completion of specified courses and recommendation by the human services faculty academic advisor. 

Practicum I & II are required for the AAS in Human Services.
Practicum I, II, III & Capstone are required for the BHS in Human Services.

STEP BY STEP PRACTICUM APPLICATION PROCESS

The practicum application requires students to complete several steps before the process is finished. For the complete practicum application process click COMPLETE PRACTICUM APPLICATION PROCESS or click the button below.

Step 1: THE APPLICATION

Step 2: MEET WITH THE PRACTICUM SPECIALIST

Step 3: REFERRAL PROCESS

Step 4: AGENCY INTERVIEW

Step 5: REGISTRATION

Step 6: LEARNING AGREEMENT

Practicum student teaching parents about healthy foods at Beacon Hill

 

 

 

DEADLINES

Application deadline for Fall 2020 placement has passed.

March 15, 2020

  • Fall 2020 Application Deadline Practicum I and III

October 15, 2020

  • Spring 2021 Application Deadline continuation of Practicum II and Practicum III

NOTICES

Practicum is unavailable during the Summer semester.

Registration for Practicum is available only to students whose names are submitted by the Human Services Department Practicum Specialist.

In order to have their names submitted for registration, students must complete their application in the Fall or Spring semester prior to enrollment into practicum.

Refer to the Human Services Department Handbook for a detailed description of all practicum processes, including timelines.



PRACTICUM PREREQUISITES

The Department follows strict guidelines dictated by the accrediting body for Human Services Programs (CSHSE). Students must meet ALL prerequisites to be  admitted.

Practicum I - HUMS A295A:

  • Admission to Human Services Degree Program
  • The following courses must be completed with a grade C or better:
    • HUMS A107 History and Systems of Human Services
    • HUMS A223 Introduction to Paraprofessional Counseling I 
    • Writing A111 Writing Across Contexts

Practicum II - HUMS A295B:

  • HUMS A295A Human Services Practicum I (with a grade C or better)

Practicum III - Human Services A495:

  • Admission to the Bachelor of Human Services Degree Program (note - students cannot apply for Practicum III the same semester they apply for the BHS program)

  • Senior standing (90+ credits)

  • HUMS A295A Practicum I (with a grade C or better)

  • HUMS A295B Practicum II (with a grade C or better)